A Wadhurst Castle Wedding in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
A Wadhurst Castle wedding, surrounded by the beautiful East Sussex countryside. Katie got ready upstairs in one of the elegant suites with her two bridesmaids. I thought hanging the wedding dress up in the window to use the landscape as a background in the shot worked really well. When Sam arrived, I nipped downstairs to catch a few shots of the groomsmen preparing for the outdoor ceremony in the summer sunshine.
A civil ceremony at Wadhurst Castle
Katie & Sam’s ceremony was held under the gazebo in the quiet walled garden next to the main building. Katie walked to the ceremony with her father and bridesmaids in tow.The outdoor ceremony meant it was very easy to move around quietly during the ceremony and the registrars were really helpful for allowing me to capture the kiss with all the guests and castle in the background!
After throwing a little confetti as they walked back down the aisle, the wedding guests were treated to a reception in the gardens whilst we shot a couple of few wedding portraits in the castle grounds.
I rarely shoot wedding photography portraits with a wide angle lens, but when the venue is such a prominent feature of the wedding, I wanted to ensure we got some great photographs of the castle, as well as some shots overlooking the lake and fields. I love the little bench that looks over the lake, it’s one of favourite engagement shoot shots from Katie & Sam’s pre wedding shoot!
The Wedding Reception
Katie & Sam had designed their wedding with a blush pinks / nudes / greys – colour scheme, and a string duo played some peaceful ambient music whilst we shot some group photographs on the lawn. Wedding guests were also able to play some garden games, jenga, ring hook etc… whilst enjoying the summer sunshine. With such great weather, the wedding speeches were held outside on the terrace before guests took their seats for dinner.
The breakfast room was decorated with flowers and candles in jars and the centre pieces on tables had bouquet of flowers in jugs, surrounded with candles and placed on a wooden log. The neutral colours of the white flowers and foliage were a great compliment to the colour scheme and the wedding favours were heart shaped biscuits with a name tag to the side. I loved the placement of the semi naked, 3 tier wedding cake in the small alcove of the reception room.
After dinner, we had a bit more time to be creative with the photography. I used some off camera flash to underexpose the background and create some drama with the moody clouds that had drifted in. One flash in front to the left and another behind and uplighting the veil. The walled garden created a nice silhouette with the doorway entrance.
I love the fairytale connotation of a castle wedding and I wanted to use the crenellations in some final shots at sunset. The balcony of the room on the right just needed some exposure balancing with some help from some flash photography. This involved three flash guns inside the room, all at full power, placed directly behind them.
Massive thanks to bridesmaids, Rachel & Daniella, for being so helpful with the wedding portraits throughout the day, including holding the veil and flashes among other things!
You can view the full wedding here.